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Viewbook 2013-2014

Mercy College

specializes in health science education.

Outlook for Job Growth 2010-2020 According to the U.S. Department of Labor, healthcare professionals will enjoy some of the fastest growing job prospects in the U.S. during the next decade.




Physical Therapist Assistants


Medical & Health Service Managers

44% Sonographers

33% Paramedics

31% Medical Assistants

26% Registered Nurses


13% Clinical Laboratory Scientists

Surgical Technologists

19% Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13


Iowa Health Sector Employment: In 2010, the third largest industry in terms of employment in Iowa was health services totaling 176,400 jobs. Almost 40 percent of all healthcare personnel were employed by hospitals, with the remaining working in nursing homes, physicians offices and other settings. Source: Iowa Workforce Development, Annual Survey of Hospitals (2010) American Hospital Association (AHA)

Careers That Are In High Demand – Even As Healthcare Changes

Mercy College of Health Sciences is on the forefront of health science education, it’s our focus and what we do. Our students major in subjects that lead to high demand careers in healthcare. While you’re here studying, you’ll be challenged to get involved and make a difference on campus and throughout the community. Health science majors make a difference in lives every day – while in school and once they translate their major into a career of service. In fact, as healthcare undergoes dramatic change – the demand for the skills you acquire at Mercy College will only grow. As a Catholic educational institution, we want to help you to discover the gifts God has given you and help you prepare for a career of service to others. There are endless possibilities in healthcare to use your gifts and we’ll not only prepare you for licensure or certification in your eventual career field, but help to transform your gifts to bring relief and healing to some and comfort and spiritual support to others. Mercy College can help you to get started. 3

In response to a national call to increase the number of bachelor’s prepared nurses, the School of Nursing is preparing to launch a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in fall 2014. Watch the College website for more information.

Uniquely Qualified To Meet Your Educational Needs

We’ve been focused on health science education since 1899 and in all those decades we’ve prepared some of the most qualified healthcare professionals in their fields of study. Our roots lie in the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy; a religious community of Catholic women who were founded to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education, with special concern for women and children. Mercy College of Health Sciences strives to fulfill their legacy through our own witness to and promotion of the Church’s social teachings and moral principles in areas such as respect for all human life, the fostering of peace and justice, the eradication of poverty and discrimination, the development of all peoples and the growth of human culture. Over the last century, our educational programs have grown to meet the healthcare community’s needs through the establishment of educational programming in nursing (est. 1899), clinical laboratory science (est. 1956), radiologic technology (est. 1960), and emergency medical services (est. 1979), to name a few. In the 21st Century, we’ve continued to expand 4

with the creation of bachelor’s degrees in healthcare administration

A Mercy College health science education is

(est. 2002) and health science (est. 2009) to address the needs

distinctive for a number of important reasons:

of healthcare employers searching for leaders with advanced knowledge and greater understanding of the complexity of healthcare delivery.


We’re fortunate to have a close working relationship with our partner

perspective permeates instruction;

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) – which allows us to stay at the you to be better prepared on your first day of professional practice.

course content alongside liberal arts and science courses to ensure a healthcare

organizations – Mercy Medical Center (MMC) – Des Moines and forefront of the changing landscape in healthcare, ultimately helping

Instruction that is a blend of professional


As noted by Modern Healthcare magazine, Kevin Lofton, President

Students are afforded exceptional, hands-on clinical experiences, with nearly 200 clinical partners;

and CEO of CHI is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in healthcare in America, and we’re fortunate at Mercy College to share in his leadership. You’ll also have access during your clinical


Campus ministry that provides opportunities for students, faculty and

rotations to experience some of the highest quality of healthcare at

staff to explore, challenge, develop and

MMC as recognized by CareChex as measured on medical excellence

live out their faith;

and patient safety: • • • • • •

#24 in the nation and #1 in our market for Overall Medical Care (medical excellence) #1 in Iowa and #10 in the nation for Heart Failure Care (medical excellence) #1 in Iowa and #7 in the nation for Pneumonia Care (medical excellence) #1 in Iowa and #10 in the nation for Pulmonary Care (medical excellence) #1 in Iowa and in the top 100 in the nation for Stroke Care (medical excellence) #1 in the state for Overall Medical Care (patient safety)


Service learning interwoven within health science courses and that include serving a variety of groups within or outside traditional healthcare; and


Tremendous success with passage of national licensure and certification examinations.


Ready To Help You Achieve Your Goals

You can be successful at Mercy College of Health Sciences, even if you’re unsure of your exact path to a healthcare career. With the support of our faculty and resources available through the Student Success Center, the journey to graduation and healthcare employment will become one of your proudest achievements. We’re blessed with faculty members who understand and live our core values – knowledge, reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence – and are committed to creating a caring environment conducive to learning. They are highly motivated and skilled healthcare practitioners comfortable in the latest technology and evidenced-based practices in their specialty area of healthcare and skilled educators ready to help you learn. Our fulltime liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.- prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. Whether you’re interested in a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree, our faculty will help you develop your expertise, science knowledge and professional aptitude necessary for a rewarding career. Because our professionally-accredited academic programs ensure the highest standards of professional education and rigor, your mastery of clinical competencies will prepare you for your future role in healthcare.


Outside the classroom, we’ve identified the necessary support services that will help you reach your potential and succeed. The welcoming staff members in the College Library, Student Success Center and Campus Ministry are there to support you. A challenging academic curriculum, along with the issues of being a college student, while still fulfilling your role as a spouse, parent or employee may lead to stress and doubts. Staff members across the College are ready to help, encourage and support your success.

Our Vision

Our Mission

Our Values

To be a national leader for excellence in the delivery and innovation of health sciences education.

Mercy College of Health Sciences prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community by integrating its core values with a professional and liberal arts and sciences education.

Mercy College of Health Sciences is a Catholic institution of higher education, rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, guided by our core values of knowledge, reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.

Outcomes Mercy College of Health Sciences, guided by its core values, supports the following institutional outcomes for all students and employees from diverse backgrounds to achieve success in the changing healthcare environment.

Knowledge Acquisition, Construction, Integration, and Application 1. Gains core knowledge and skills to build capacity for life-long learning. 2. Applies knowledge to a new situation or setting.

3. Demonstrates critical thinking

Communication 4. Writes effectively in a variety of forms and settings. 5. Speaks effectively in a variety of forms and settings. 6. Listens to comprehend. 7. Reads to comprehend. 8. Collaborates respectfully with others to accomplish a common goal.

Servant Leadership 9. Exhibits personal accountability as a servant leader.

10. Exhibits social accountability as a servant leader. 11. Addresses community, national, and global needs through service.

Evidence-Based Continuous Improvement 12. Gains insights through assessment data. 13. Makes data-informed decisions to improve outcomes. 14. Attains purposeful change to improve outcomes. 15. Monitors outcomes progress. 7

A Community Waiting For You

Mercy College of Health Sciences is a specialized institution located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, a vibrant Midwestern city. As the capitol of Iowa, Des Moines boasts a healthy economy and is home to a number of national and international businesses, including major insurers and healthcare providers. Students have two unique housing options available while attending school. Some choose to live across from the College campus in housing at Mercy Court Apartments, where a floor has been reserved exclusively for Mercy College students. Others choose to live nearby at Drake West Village, an independent student housing facility located near Drake University. Students from several higher education institutions live in the complex with a number of amenities. Check out the details on both options at the Mercy College website. From sporting events like the AAA-league Iowa Cubs Baseball or the Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football teams, or cultural events such as the nationally-ranked Des Moines Arts Festival


Beginning in fall 2014, students living at Mercy Court will be actively engaged in a learning community focused on your personal and professional development under the direction of our campus minister and the staff of the Student Success Center. Watch the College website for more information.

or the Broadway hits coming straight to a Des Moines Performing

#1 “Best Midwest Cities for Young Adults”

Arts venue, to the many parks and recreation attractions like the

The Business Journals, 2013

Principal Riverwalk and Gray’s Lake, there’s plenty to keep you busy in your free time. In fact, there is always something to see or do in central Iowa. What you may not know is that our community has received some positive national recognition, as well:

#1 “Best Cities for Families” Kiplinger, 2012 #2 “Strongest Local Economy” Policom, 2013 #4 “Best Places for Business and Careers” Forbes, 2012

2012-13 Student Profile Gender

Enrollment Status


Living Status


88% Female

54% Fulltime students

86% White. non-Hispanic

95% Commuter

31% Have children

46% Part-time students

10% Minority

12% Male Age

4% Unknown

5% Student Housing Marital Status

26 years (Average)

65% Single

24 years (Median)

27% Married

FAFSA Filing 35% Filing as a dependent


Mercy Mondays are the Best Way to Learn More The best way to figure out if Mercy

If you’re interested in scheduling a

College of Health Sciences is the right

campus visit, call (515) 643-6715 or

place for your health science education

(800) 637-2994, extension 3-6715.

is by visiting campus. Let us show

You can also email us at

you the unique advantages of a Mercy

College education. You can sign up online at to attend one

Apply to MCHS

of our monthly Mercy Monday Sessions

We make the admissions process for a

the first of each month.

health science education as easy and

Speak with one of our Admissions

as smooth as possible.

Counselors about your healthcare

Apply – For admission deadlines,

career interests and learn more about

application materials, and complete

what we have to offer you. Prior to

instructions, visit our website at

visiting campus, we encourage you

to schedule a meeting with Financial Aid staff to learn more about available

Financing Your Education –

financial resources to meet your

Fill out the FAFSA online at

educational plan. and designate Mercy College as your school of choice

Federal financial aid programs are

(code: 006273).

available to qualified students enrolled in any of our associate or bachelor

After You’re Accepted – After we’ve

degree and qualifying certificate

reviewed your official transcripts and

programs. State funds are available for

confirmed your academic preparation,

degree-seeking students who qualify.

you’ll receive an acceptance letter and

Many forms of financial aid are tied

be encouraged to sign up for a New

directly to the Free Application for

Student Orientation & Registration

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students


and their spouses or parents must complete this application to qualify for financial aid.


Program Admission – Following admission to the College, you’ll also receive instructions for completing

Tuition rates for the 2013-14 academic

admission to your major of choice.

year are $7,520 per term for fulltime

Depending on the frequency of

students (12 credits or more) and $520

program starts, you’ll be ready to start

per credit for part-time students (11

liberal arts and sciences as you await

credits or less). For a complete list of

the results of your academic program

fees, visit our website.


Learn more at Mercy College is conveniently located at 928 6th Avenue in downtown Des Moines. Questions – Call (515) 643-6715 or email


Mercy College at a Glance

Academic Majors




1899 as the Mercy Nurses Training School, 1995 as Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College is the only Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Specialized accreditation is also maintained with 11 additional professional accrediting organizations.

846 full- and part-time students (fall 2012)

Bachelors Degrees

Associates Degrees


Online Health Care Administration

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Clinical Laboratory Science

Health Science

Emergency Medical Services

Online RN to BSN Nursing Completion

Medical Assisting

Nuclear Medicine Technology



Physical Therapist Assistant

Surgical Technology

Online Polysomnographic Technology

Short-term Certificates

Affiliation Private, coeducational, Roman Catholic sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives

Radiologic Technology Surgical Technology

Student-Faculty Ratio 7:1 (More than 91% of class sections contain 25 or fewer students)

Medical Assisting

Emergency Medical Technician Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Nursing Assistant

Admissions Office 921 6th Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1200 (800) 637-2994, ext. 3-6715 (515) 643-6715

It is Mercy College’s policy to conduct all academic programs and business activities in a manner that is free from discrimination and to provide equal opportunity for and equal treatment of students regardless of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of war, or any other factor protected by law.


Mercy College of Health Sciences Viewbook 2013/14  
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